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Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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459 Ratings

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jackal on 07-31-2013)
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. The brew appears a reddish color with nice clarity. A huge khaki head almost fills the glass entirely.

The aromatics are quite malty with scents of caramel and toffee sweetness. It is almost meaty and earthen with some herbal hops. Quite strange, cant really figure out what the deal is with this based off the nose alone. A strange brown of sorts?

The taste is mutually malty as the aroma would lead you to believe with toffee to caramel and molasses. It is earthen with minerals all across the back that hint towards carbonic quality. This brew screams strange brown ale yet again.

This is a medium bodied offering that is fully carbed. After looking at the label I am perplexed by the listing of saison. I really dont get any saison character from it. I think they missed the boat with this one, really.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of therica
2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a slight timt toward gray rather than yellow hues. Reasonable tan head and rimming. Plentiful variety in the nose, not that they all fit together. Roasted malts, of course, and some other notes. Taste is dry like a Guinness cousin, burnt unsweetened chocolate, dusty, slight sour taste as in "not quite right." Occasionally slight liquor. Interesting to try and then move on.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer from Magic Hat, acquired as part of the Magic Hat Night Of The Living Dead variety pack. Expectations are relatively low for this one. The cap says "drink it down & lose your frown". Sounds good to me.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a cola brown color; mahogany / ruby in the glass. Just over a finger of creamy fluffy tan head.

S - The first thing I smell is chocolate / coffee and roasted malt presence. Some crisp yeast presence and some faint brett, but it isn't exactly what I would call "funky" or "farmhouse". Beyond that, there isn't really anything to it. Doesn't smell bad, but very lackluster.

T - Taste follows the nose: bland and fizzy. Some malt roast, light unsweetened chocolate, some char, crisp carbonation, and maybe some mineral presence.

M - Feel is thin, watery, and over carbonated. Some dry light roasty notes lingering on the palate.

Overall, a pretty disappointing lackluster of a beer. Reminds me more of some kind of a weak porter or a brown ale rather than a saison / farmhouse ale. I really don't know what Magic Hat was going for with this one. Over carbonating a weak porter doesn't make it "farmhouse". I won't have any trouble finishing these off, but it's not something I'd seek out again.

Magic Hat Séance ---3/5.

Photo of complexnomenclature
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Look: Dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque. Decent lacing.

Smell: Candy sugar, mineral, spice, toasted bread, faint candied fruit

Taste: Crisp, chicory, carob, dry-ish, light hopping, toasted grain, salty, dried grass, grainy finish

I don't really see any sort of "Sasion" like qualities here, an ok brew.

Photo of Mattyb79
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is practically black, opaque with tan head of about 3 fingers w/ average bead and good retention with sticky lace. The smell has dark malt and saison yeast character with mild phenols and spice with light roast ester and woody aroma. The feel is very good with deep malt and medium high carbonation and light bitterness with gentle sweetness/mostly dry texture and somewhat spiced finish

The flavor is toasty and dry but not bitter at least in the malt or not burnt with light yeast flavor that has a saison fruit element with light herbal note from the hops with gentle nutty cocoa aspect with mild hint of woody tobacco as it finishes. This is a very good dark saison of the more sessionable variety

Photo of Fuzzycranium
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not sure why this one is categorized as a farmhouse/saison. Seems to look, smell taste, feel like a one dimensional porter.
A: dark copper red, Minimal head,

a: Roasted barley on the moderate side

F: roasted

M: Wnderful

O: Enjoyable, but perplexing to categorize this as such, Wonder if they used a wild yeast?

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Nothing like a beer to accompany lone viewings of romantic comedies, amiright? (*sniff*) Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset sienna-topaz topped by a finger-and-a-half of khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted wheat bread and a bit of what seems like charred sesame seeds. The taste holds notes of fennel, lightly-toasted rye bread, the vaguest possible sense of fruit in the distance, and a pinch of cardamom. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I'm not sure I fully get where Magic Hat was going with this. I mean, it could be construed as a "black saison" or something to that effect, but there's zero trace of the base style here. If anything, it's more like an odd brown ale or dark mild or something along those lines, 'cause there's no sense of Belgian-like yeast, there's little to no farmhouse-ness, and the maltiness, rather than balancing or playing off of the aforementioned missing parts, dominates the proceedings, precluding any future cooperation. Suffice it to say, I did not enjoy this, neither as a saison nor as anything else.

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 Artisans Craft Beer Festival.

A: Served a dark brown color with a firm tan head.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, fruity, bit of yeast and earthy.

T: Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, trace of yeast and spice. Mild bitterness and a tart finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a bit of a creamy texture.

O: Interesting beer that does not come across as a typical Saison.

Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.